Social Determinants of Work Initiative

The Social Determinants of Work (SDoW) Initiative will bring the Greater Cleveland community together to strategically advance access to work through deepened understanding of the barriers workers face, including benefit cliffs.

What are the Social Determinants of Work?

United Way of Greater Cleveland and Towards Employment have identified the following 8 Social Determinants of Work, which will be explored throughout our SDoW initiative:

Job Flexibility

Healthcare

Childcare

Transportation

Sustained Education

Home and Community Health

Broadband Access

Access to Justice

United Way of Greater Cleveland and Towards Employment have identified the following 8 Social Determinants of Work, which will be explored throughout our SDoW initiative:

What are Cliff Effects?

Cliff effects occur when individuals receiving public benefits earn new or increased income that disqualifies them from the public benefit, resulting in a net loss of income.

Initiative Objectives

1

Educate

Educate community on nature of the problem and possible solutions pulling from state/federal efforts.

Educate

Educate community on nature of the problem and possible solutions pulling from state/federal efforts.

2

Identify Work

Identify work already being done in the Greater Cleveland area to mitigate benefit cliffs, including direct services and employer practices.

Identify Work

Identify work already being done in the Greater Cleveland area to mitigate benefit cliffs, including direct services and employer practices.

3

Identify Gaps

Identify gaps in the Greater Cleveland area’s response to benefit cliffs at the mitigation and employer practice level.

Identify Gaps

Identify gaps in the Greater Cleveland area’s response to benefit cliffs at the mitigation and employer practice level.

4

Complete a Plan

Complete a Community Action Plan through a strategic community engagement process.

Complete a Plan

Complete a Community Action Plan through a strategic community engagement process.

Events/Engagement Opportunities

United Way of Greater Cleveland is convening several community events. Click on each event below to learn more, or to register.

Employer Engagement
From May to June, United Way of Greater Cleveland will engage the business community through conversations with Workforce Connect Sector Partnerships and other sector specific platforms.
Social Determinants of Work Summit: Worker Cliff Effects
Open to all community members from all sectors, this event will inform attendees on the benefit cliff effects and engage them in creating a list of assets and gaps.

Event Details
Date: Thursday, July 14
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Cleveland State University Student Center Ballroom
Breakfast and lunch will be provided
Register by Wednesday, July 6

Community Action Plan Working Sessions
Consultant-led strategic planning session building upon assets and gaps list. Community Action Plan will inform ongoing work to mitigate and combat benefit cliffs effects.

Event Details Coming Soon

Culminating Forum
A report out on the Social Determinants of Work Summit and Community Action Plan. This event will include a keynote by Dr. Angela Jackson, Managing Partner at New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization, who coined the term Social Determinants of Work.

Event Details Coming Soon

Our Partners

Thank you to the organizations working with us on this important initiative. Our partners bring invaluable expertise and resources to the table and are integral to the success of our Social Determinants of Work efforts. Together, we are seeking solutions to a collective problem through collective action.

Our Partners

Thank you to the organizations working with us on this important initiative. Our partners bring invaluable expertise and resources to the table and are integral to the success of our Social Determinants of Work efforts. Together, we are seeking solutions to a collective problem through collective action.

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting the SDoW initiative:

For more information on the Social Determinants of Work initiative, contact Renée Timberlake at rtimberlake@unitedwaycleveland.org.

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